2015 Ford F-150: Car Seat Check

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The redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 is now at dealerships and is quickly becoming one of the fastest-selling vehicles on the market. This full-size pickup truck has an aluminum body and a redesigned interior that ekes out a bit more passenger space in the cabin. Our test truck, a SuperCrew cab, easily fit our three child-safety seats, joining the 2015 Ram 1500 in family-hauling capabilities.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Three

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By Jennifer Newman | February 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

Trucks' Tether Anchors Are Often Tricky to Find, Use

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Tether anchors, a critical part of a car's Latch system, often go unused by parents and caregivers. In sedans, where the tether anchors are easy to find on the rear shelf behind the head restraints, they're used only 52 percent of the time, according to one study. In pickup trucks, where the anchors are difficult to locate, that number drops significantly.

Related: Five Things Families Should Look for in Pickup Trucks

In a 2014 study of tether anchor use and misuse conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, it found that parent volunteers with car-seat-installation experience had the most problems correctly using the loop-style tether anchors found in some pickup trucks. These volunteers installed the tether strap correctly only 11 percent of the time in the trucks. In other cars, volunteers used the tether anchor correctly 57 percent of the time.

While many may not consider a pickup truck a family vehicle, the full-size versions make easy work of hauling three kids in car seats. To help truck-owning parents, caregivers and prospective parents, we've combed through owner's manuals and crawled through pickup trucks to show the different styles of tether anchors and how to correctly use them.

By Jennifer Newman | February 23, 2015 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Cars That Stayed True to Their Concept

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During the past decade, the once fanciful concept car — never meant to see the light of day — has morphed into more of a design study for future products. Taking that notion to the next level, our editors have rated the 10 production cars that did the best job of incorporating their concept when made into reality during the past decade.

Related: 2015 Detroit Auto Show Winners and Losers 

Note: We didn't take into account certain "concepts" often considered prototypes that some automakers roll out at auto shows. Those show cars are barely discernible from the real thing and are introduced much closer to when the actual cars go on sale.

By David Thomas | February 9, 2015 | Comments (0)

PickupTrucks.com's 2015 Light-Duty V-8 Challenge

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Cars.com's sister website PickupTrucks.com put five 2015 half-ton V-8 pickup trucks — including Ford's all-new F-150 — through a series of grueling tests in Arizona. The light-duty pickup segment is a brutally competitive one; some of these competitors are all new while others are holding steady for 2015. See which trucks tackled this challenge, what they brought to the match and which one came out on top.

2015 Light-Duty V-8 Challenge

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Jen Burklow | January 5, 2015 | Comments (0)

What Does This Button Do?

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At first glance this button doesn't look like anything special. It's obviously a side-view mirror control of some sort, but pressing it doesn't automatically reveal the button's multicontrol function. What looks like a simple retracting mirror button activates a different trick all together.

Related: More Curious Buttons

A better clue is the car in which you'll find the button — or rather the truck: the 2015 Ford F-150.

By Joe Bruzek | December 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

New Ford F-150 Fuel Economy Released

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Ford just released its fuel economy estimates for the much-anticipated F-150 pickup. Our site PickupTrucks.com has a full rundown on all the numbers but the highest rating of 26 mpg highway – while best in the class – might not wow out of the gate. Combined numbers however are more significantly improved.

Read the full report here: Ford Releases 2015 F-150 Fuel-Economy Numbers (PickupTrucks.com)

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By David Thomas | November 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

1. 2014 SEMA Show: 2015 Ford F-150 Concept
2. 2014 SEMA Show: Chevrolet Silverado High Desert Concept
3. 2014 SEMA Show: 2015 Ram 2500 Outdoorsman Concept
4. 2014 SEMA Show: 2015 TRD Tundra
5. 2014 BMW i8

By Matt Schmitz | November 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

1. 2015 Ford F-150
2. 2015 Subaru Outback 
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4. 2015 Lexus RC-F Exhaust Note 
5. 2015 GMC Canyon

By Matt Schmitz | November 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Ford Flex, 2009-2014 F-150

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Vehicles Affected: More than 113,000 model-year 2014 Ford Flex SUVs manufactured between March 1 and May 31 at the Oakville Assembly Plant in Ontario, 2014 F-150 pickup trucks manufactured between March 1 and May 31 at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan, 2014 F-150 pickup trucks manufactured between March 1 and May 31 at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri, and 2009-14 F-150 pickup trucks serviced with a suspect seat track assembly between Feb. 17 and Oct. 31

The Problem: A passenger seat sensing issue could result in non-deployment of the passenger-side airbag in certain frontal crashes if an adult is in the passenger seat, increasing the risk of an injury. Ford said it is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.

The Fix: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will widen the gap between the manual seat frame seat track assembly, then calibrate the seat occupant classification system for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more info. Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Ford F-150

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Vehicles Affected: More than 600 model-year 2014 Ford F-150 pickup trucks manufactured between March 1 and March 13 at the automaker's Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan, and between March 3 and March 13 at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri

The Problem: A brake pedal position switch may be incorrectly adjusted, possibly resulting in a delay or a non-illumination of the brake lights when the brake pedal is depressed, increasing the risk of an accident. Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the condition.

The Fix: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will remove and reinstall the brake pedal position switch for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more info. The automaker noted that additional brake pressure may be necessary to disengage the cruise-control system, so customers are advised not to use cruise control until the vehicle is repaired. The cruise-control system off switch on the steering wheel will continue to disengage the system, Ford said.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

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